Appetizers Recipes

Appetizers are like tiny jewel boxes of flavor, small bites meant to stimulate the palate -- not fill your stomach. That's what makes looking for appetizer recipes so much fun - since you don't have to fill the plate, you can concentrate on putting together ingredients in ways that sing. And they don't have to be fancy to pack a punch - spicy <a href="/recipes/appetizers/chicken-wings/popular/">wings</a>, <a href="/recipes/appetizers/deviled-egg/popular/">deviled eggs</a>, easy <a href="/recipes/appetizers/canapes/popular/">bruschetta</a>, or even a nicely presented <a href="/recipes/appetizers/dips-spreads/popular/">dip</a> can be a winner. The classic combination of melon and prosciutto is a perfect example: Just two ingredients that play off of each other perfectly, the salty richness of the ham contrasting with the tropical sweetness of the melon. Perfection. When you're planning for a holiday <a href="/recipes/appetizers/party/popular/">party</a>, you want quick and easy appetizers that play nicely with what you're serving as a main course. You want to compliment the dish without repeating ingredients - serving marinated mozzarella before plating up a cheese-heavy lasagna is definitely overload. Try to keep things light, and remember - you're going for flavor, not quantity.

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Salsa Roll-Ups

From Philadelphia Cream Cheese

These cheesy bites pack a little heat to keep your smart eating plan interesting. Make it basic or take it to the next level with pizza flavors or a riff on a BLT.

Salsa Roll-Ups

Garlic Confit

From Food & Wine

Although garlic is available year-round, fresh summer garlic has large cloves that are especially sweet and juicy. To preserve it, Grace Parisi simmers the cloves with dried red chiles and fresh thyme in olive oil under tender, then packs them in the oil. Mash the garlic confit in butter and spread it on bread or slip it under chicken skin before roasting.

Garlic Confit

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Easy Party Appetizers
Easy Party Appetizers

Watch how simple it is to make your appetizers the life of the party. Our Kraft Kitchens Expert will show you how with this Easy Party Appetizers video. These appetizers are a snap to prepareżand the perfect beginning to any menu.

Easy Party Appetizers

Chicken Quesadillas

From Better Homes and Gardens

A deli-roasted chicken is a handy main ingredient to have for quick dinner ideas. This dish really needs no recipe. Simply shred the chicken and tuck it into tortillas, along with cheese and other favorite fillings.

Chicken Quesadillas

Cheesy Potato Skins

From Better Homes and Gardens

If you like munching this appetizer at restaurants, you'll love making them at home!

Cheesy Potato Skins

Meatballs in Tomato-Wine Sauce

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cumin and nutmeg spice these ground beef and pork appetizer meatballs.

Meatballs in Tomato-Wine Sauce

Italian Veggie Dunkers

From Better Homes and Gardens

Better make lots of these crispy-coated vegetables. Kids love dipping them in pizza sauce for a snack.

Italian Veggie Dunkers

Maryland Crab Cakes

From Better Homes and Gardens

This Maryland specialty, pan-fried patties of crab meat coated with bread crumbs and flavored with lively seasonings, is quick to make.

Maryland Crab Cakes

Fajita-Style Quesadillas

From Better Homes and Gardens

Hot and savory, Serrano chiles lend their signature kick to these amazing vegetarian quesadillas, inspired by the flavors of classic fajitas. When buying bell peppers, choose that are firm, heavy for their size, and have shiny, vibrantly-colored skin.

Fajita-Style Quesadillas

Shrimp and Bacon Dip

From Taste of the South

Shrimp and Bacon Dip

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

From Better Homes and Gardens

Talk about an easy appetizer. Just tuck cauliflower into the oven for roasting and it becomes tender and sweet.

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

Jack Cheese and Smoky Chipotle Fondue

From Midwest Living

Red sweet peppers and green onions add color to this smoky cheese dip. Serve it as an appetizer with bread cubes or tortilla chips.

Jack Cheese and Smoky Chipotle Fondue

Leek & Potato Soup

From Fine Cooking Magazine

Part of this soup is pureed to add body, but it remains chunky and chowder-like and is also good chilled. If you make it ahead and reheat it, you may need to thin it with a bit of water.

Leek & Potato Soup

Sweet and Spicy Meatball Appetizer

From RO*TEL

Strawberry Jam and Ro*Tel® Tomaoes combine to glaze meatballs for a party snack.

Sweet and Spicy Meatball Appetizer

Avocado Crostini

From Panera Bread®

With a bright red topping, these nibbles make a creamy, crunchy starter for a special Valentine's Day dinner. Think of it as guacamole and chips done Panera Bread style.

Avocado Crostini

Paula Deen's Sweet Sour and Spicy Ham and Sausage Balls

From Smithfield

A great game day or any day appetizers. Made and served in the slow cooker.

Paula Deen's Sweet Sour and Spicy Ham and Sausage Balls

Asparagus Finger Sandwiches

From Midwest Living

Cooked asparagus is mashed and mixed with mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese to make a savory spread for these appetizer sandwiches.

Asparagus Finger Sandwiches

Fish Tacos

From Better Homes and Gardens

These are not your typical Mexican tacos. Fish fillets, a coleslaw mixture, and mango salsa make these tacos stand out in comparison to other classic recipes.

Fish Tacos

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

From Better Homes and Gardens

Serve these fresh wrapped appetizers,filled wit asparagus, cheese, and prosciutto for spring or summer. For easy rolling, allow cheese slices to stand at room temperature about 15 minutes.

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Warm Jalapeno-Crab Dip

From Ladies' Home Journal

For a heartier cheese dip, try adding fresh crab meat. Serve the dip as an appetizer with thick crusty bread or whole grain tortilla chips.

Warm Jalapeno-Crab Dip

The Ultimate 7-Layer Dip

From Breakstone's

The Ultimate 7-Layer Dip

Cottage Cheese and Apple Snacks

From Better Homes and Gardens

Try the ever-popular combination of apples, peanut butter, and cheese in this low-fat snack.

Cottage Cheese and Apple Snacks

Flamin' Cajun Riblets

From Better Homes and Gardens

Flamin' Cajun Riblets

Savory Feta Cheesecake

From Better Homes and Gardens

This savory make-ahead appetizer recipe, ideal to tote to potlucks or housewarmings, holds up well for traveling.

Savory Feta Cheesecake

Oven-Fried Vegetables

From Better Homes and Gardens

So much easier to prepare than deep-fried vegetables, these baked treats can serve as a low-calorie appetizer or a side dish.

Oven-Fried Vegetables

Fried Scallops

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pan-fry scallops in a skillet with nonstick spray coating to keep the calorie count lower. Sprinkle with a tasty crumb mixture just before serving.

Fried Scallops

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